More books needed for Share-A-Textbook project to help 25,000 needy students

NTUC FairPrice Share-A-Textbook extends its donation drive till 7th December 2022 in an effort to collect more books

Update 24 Nov 2022: In the spirit of giving back to the community and promoting sustainability through reusing and recycling, NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice) is inviting members of the public to come together in a final push to support its annual FairPrice Share-A-Textbook project by donating pre-loved textbooks in good condition at all FairPrice stores islandwide.

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This signature community initiative has since collected 350,000 pre-loved textbooks over the past three weeks and is 30 percent short of its target to collect half a million textbooks to benefit about 25,000 underprivileged students this year.

In an effort to collect more books, the donation date has been extended from 30 November to 7 December to allow more time for donors to drop off their books at all FairPrice stores. This includes FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Finest stores, Warehouse Club, and FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso service stations – totalling 177 outlets in multiple retail formats spread across Singapore.

Since the launch of the project 40 years ago, FairPrice’s Share-A-Textbook has collected, redistributed and recycled over 6.8 million textbooks.

The FairPrice Share-A-Textbook is into its 40th edition this year!

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This evergreen annual project is part of their ongoing effort to help needy families provide for their children’s education, promote recycling and encourage thrift among Singaporeans. Since its launch in 1983, the project has helped over 280,000 needy students save in textbook expenses, through the collection of about four million textbooks.

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  • The 40th edition of FairPrice’s signature annual community initiative, Share-A-Textbook, returns garnering over 2,700 volunteers, the highest number of volunteer sign-ups to date.
  • Members of the public are encouraged to donate textbooks at all FairPrice stores islandwide to support the initiative that will provide not just educational resources for disadvantaged students but contribute towards a more environmentally-friendly Singapore through reusing and recycling.
  • Held in conjunction is the launch of the second edition of Food, Innovation and Technology – ‘FIT’ Hackathon as an extension of FairPrice Share-A-Textbook and calling for entries.

This year, all FairPrice stores including FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Finest stores, Warehouse Club, and FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso service stations, totalling 177 outlets in multiple retail formats spread across Singapore, will serve as donation drop-off points from 1 to 30 November 2022.

Last year, over 895,000 books were collected and redistributed. This equates to approximately 10,740 trees saved. The project this year also attracted over 2,700 volunteers – the highest on record since the project was launched 40 years ago. This includes volunteers from community partners, schools, FairPrice staff and members of the general public, who will assist in collecting, sorting and organising textbooks for redistribution in December. Over the years, the project has collected, redistributed and recycled over 6.8 million books.

FIT Hackathon

As an extension of this initiative, FairPrice is also bringing back the second instalment of the Food, Innovation and Technology (‘FIT’) Hackathon. In this hackathon, students from secondary schools and tertiary institutions are invited to explore three broad themes – lowering carbon emissions, reducing waste and encouraging community sharing, and creating innovative solutions to tackle these pertinent issues.

The FIT Hackathon will be held over three days, where students will learn to develop proposals and pitch their ideas with expert guidance from mentors within the industry. Winners from this Hackathon will receive cash prizes of up to $10,000. More information on the hackathon can be found via the link.


When is the public distribution period?

Members of the public are welcome to pick up pre-loved textbooks in December 2022 (Registration opens on 26 November 2022 here).

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Safe management measures will still be implemented at the distribution drive. Everyone will need to book a time slot before coming for collection and produce proof of booking before entry to event venue. Admission to FairPrice Share-A-Textbook 2022 is strictly by appointment only, no walk-ins will be allowed into the event venue. A maximum of two persons may be admitted per time slot.

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